Bethesda Senior Living Communities promotes Rick Summers to chief operating officer

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Rick Summers

Rick Summers has been promoted to chief operating officer for Colorado Springs, CO-based Bethesda Senior Living Communities. He also will serve as a member of the board of directors.

Summers joined Bethesda 16 years ago. He has 35 years of experience in the senior living industry, having served in various roles of leadership in both assisted living and skilled nursing. He started out as a nurse aide when he was in high school.

Franciscan Ministries selects Zachary Zerbonia as chief operating officer

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Zachary Zerbonia

Zachary Zerbonia has been named chief operating officer of Franciscan Ministries, a Lemont, IL-based Catholic health system with senior living, healthcare and community-based services.

Zerbonia entered the healthcare sector more than 20 years ago as a licensed physical therapist. He has a background in both clinical and business education.

In addition to leading multidisciplinary rehabilitation teams early in his career, Zerbonia has varied experience in multi-state management of physician practices, hospice and home health agencies, and outpatient rehabilitation clinics.

He most recently created and led AGEiLITY Senior Living Advisors, where he partnered with regional and national senior living providers to develop new programs to restructure and improve outcomes and occupancy. 

Before that, Zerbonia served in roles including chief operating officer of Validus Senior Living and chief executive and senior housing principle of Palatine Capital and Aventine Senior Living. In those roles, he directed development, stabilization and growth of their senior living portfolios.

Zerbonia also worked with Brookdale Senior Living and served as vice president of operations, where he oversaw the largest senior living market in the country, encompassing 85 communities with revenue of more than $350 million.

Cadence Living names Perry Ryan vice president of family engagement and quality assurance

Perry Ryan has joined the management team of Scottsdale, AZ-based Cadence Living as vice president of family engagement and quality assurance. He will lead Cadence’s efforts to enhance the customer experience at Cadenic communities.

Before joining Cadence, Ryan spent 23 years as an entrepreneur, assisting corporations in delivering enhanced customer experience through broadcast media, creative services, marketing, video production and brand management.

Integral Senior Living names Sherry Spacek regional director of sales and marketing

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Sherry Spacek

Sherry Spacek has been named the new regional director of sales and marketing for Carlsbad, CA-based Integral Senior Living.

In the position, Spacek will oversee the sales and marketing efforts for several communities that offer independent living, assisted living and memory care.

Spacek has 15 years of experience in the senior living industry, spending many of those years in marketing, sales and business development. In her most recent position as regional vice president of operations and marketing for Northstar Senior Living, Spacek was responsible for overseeing all aspects of operations and marketing, including managing capital budgets and leading executive directors for six communities, exceeding occupancy goals at each community.

Erickson Living names Michael McCormick executive director of Siena Lakes

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Michael McCormick

Michael McCormick has been named by Baltimore-based Erickson Living as the first executive director of Siena Lakes, a new continuing care retirement community expected to open this year in North Naples, FL.

McCormick is a senior living executive and industry veteran. He joined Erickson Living in 1995 as director of health services at Charlestown in Catonsville, MD, and was promoted to associate executive director at Oak Crest in Parkville, MD. For the past eighteen years, he has been executive director at Fox Run in Novi, MI. He also serves as a chair on Erickson Living’s diversity and inclusion committee.

The Westmont at Short Pump names members of executive team

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Matt Winningham

Retirement Unlimited Inc., a Virginia-based, family-owned and operated senior living community management company, has announced The Westmont at Short Pump team in anticipation of a March opening date.

Matt Winningham has been named executive director. He has been with RUI since 2016 and will direct and oversee operations, strategic planning, recruiting and training across all departments and disciplines. He assisted multiple RUI communities in Virginia as an interim executive director. He most recently was regional director of plant operations.

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Brigitta Lewis

Brigitta Lewis has been named director of marketing and community relations. She joined RUI last year and will drive all sales and census development initiatives while building relationships with depositors and families. She has experience in both skilled nursing and multi-level senior living communities.

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Anna Fowler

Anna Fowler, with RUI since last year, has been named move-in coordinator. She will assist Lewis with move-in logistics and building rapport with depositors and families, ensuring the first-impression experience is met at the opening of the community.

Bowman Place at Olde Bedford names Julie Dowd Schaub director of sales and marketing

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Julie Dowd Schaub

Julie Dowd Schaub has been named director of sales and marketing at Bowman Place at Olde Bedford, a Bedford, NH, assisted living and memory care facility scheduled to open in March.

In her new position, Schaub will be responsible for helping families during their initial introduction to Bowman Place.

She brings several years of experience in the senior living industry to the role. She most recently was the director of residency at The Elms Retirement Residence in Westerly, RI. She also held the position of director of community relations at Greystone Farm Assisted Living and memory Care in Salem, NH.

The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights names Maureen Graf memory care program director

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Maureen Graf

Maureen Graf has joined The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights, a Brooklyn, NY-based luxury senior housing residence, as memory care program director.

Opened in October after a $330 million redevelopment and renovation, The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights is one of five properties managed by Watermark Retirement Communities in its Elan Collection. The extensive renovation converted the property into Brooklyn’s first luxury senior living community, the company said.

Graf will work to develop innovative programming that engages and enhances the quality of life for members of The Watermark’s memory care community. Her responsibilities also will include training staff to guide members through their days and maintaining a safe, homelike environment.

Before joining Watermark, Gras was director of therapeutic recreation at Eger Health Care, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center in Staten Island. There, she transformed the delivery of programming by focusing on the person-centered care model. By increasing community sensitivity to the needs of older adults, she raised more than $300,000 to enable her to procure state-of-the-art equipment and introduce programs including advanced senior technology and microgreens farming.

A licensed nursing home administrator, Graf has spent more than two decades working with seniors at all levels of care. She has experience working in senior living, skilled nursing and adult day care settings. She previously was an Engage Life director at Atria Senior Living and a senior activities therapist at Coler Goldwater Nursing Facility, both in New York City.

Buckner Parkway Place names Kara Bayer healthcare services administrator

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Kara Bayer

Kara Bayer has been named healthcare services administrator for Buckner Parkway Place, a continuing care retirement community operated in Houston by Buckner Retirement Services.

Bayer formerly was the assisted living and memory care director for a retirement community she helped open in 2017. She has experience in every level of care within the senior living industry.

Friendship Retirement Community appoints Erin Howes, D.O., to lead new physician clinic

Friendship Retirement Community introduced Erin Howes, D.O., during a virtual ribbon cutting for its new Friendship Physician Clinic on the Friendship North campus in Roanoke, VA.

The clinic, which expands Friendship’s portfolio of healthcare services, will offer primary care physician services to anyone in the Roanoke Valley. The Friendship North campus also houses a retail pharmacy, rehabilitation / therapy and home care services. 

Howes, who will lead the clinic, is a board-certified family medicine physician. She completed her undergraduate studies in biology at Juniata College, earned her medical doctorate at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and completed her residency training in family medicine at University of Illinois College of Medicine, where she was chief resident. She completed fellowship training in integrative medicine through the University of Arizona under the direction of Andrew Weill, M.D..

Howes has 15 years of experience in family practice and is an active member of the American Academy of Family Practice. 

The clinic, previously Friendship’s outpatient and wellness services building, was renovated before opening.

Landis Adult Day Services names Christy Carpenter director

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Christy Carpenter

Christy Carpenter, LPN, has been named director by Landis Adult Day Services, an affiliate of Landis Communities. In her new role, she will oversee the operations of the Eden West center, which serves more than 50 people and their families on the Landis Homes campus in Lititz, PA.

Carpenter has worked for Landis Homes for 18 years, serving in the role of Eden West manager for 13 years. Before that, she was a healthcare nurse in Manheim House at Landis Homes. She has 27 years of experience in long-term care.

In January, Carpenter succeeded former Director Faith Hoover, who had directed the program since 1997. Hoover will continue as a consultant for the adult day services program.

Goodwin House elects Garrett W. Erdle to board of trustees

Real estate development expert Garrett W. Erdle has been elected to the Goodwin House Inc. board of trustees. Erdle is founder and principal of Eleventh Street Development, a real estate development and consulting firm focused on residential and mixed-use development.

Alexandria, VA-based Goodwin House operates two life plan communities, a home care program, healthcare services and its philanthropic Goodwin House Foundation.

Erdle works primarily in Alexandria and Arlington in all aspects of the development process, from land acquisition, permitting, site plan development and collaboration with the city and county. He joins regional leaders in health policy, financial services, insurance and other fields of expertise who contribute to Goodwin House’s mission to support older adults.

Erdle has served on the Potomac Yard Planning Advisory Group and the North Potomac Yard Advisory Group. He currently serves as the vice chair for the patient affairs committee for the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network in Richmond, VA. 

Before his real estate development career, Erdle worked in the manufacturing, banking and investment fields.

LifeSpire welcomes four new trustees to board

LifeSpire of Virginia has welcomed four new members to its board of trustees. Sharon Brooks, John Jung Jr., Pamela Parsons and John Poma officially joined the board Jan. 1.

Brooks, the chief marketing officer for Boston-based 2Life Communities, has more than 30 years of experience in senior living. She built and recently sold a 50-person marketing consulting firm.

Jung recently retired as senior managing director and head of capital markets at BB&T. In that role, he was responsible for leading BB&T’s capital markets efforts, which included sales and trading, origination, mergers and acquisitions, tax-exempt finance and foreign exchange. In addition, Jung was responsible for integrating BB&T capital markets with BB&T’s corporate and community banks.

Parsons is a registered nurse with more than 25 years of experience as a geriatric nurse practitioner. She holds a doctoral degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and is an associate clinical professor and the associate dean of practice and community engagement at VCU’s School of Nursing.

Poma is the chief legal counsel for Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group, P.C. He also teaches as an adjunct professor at William & Mary Law School. He has more than 30 years of progressive responsibility for leading teams, executing strategic initiatives and improving and streamlining processes.

The new members joined the board as Craig Hopson and Bob Yeaman III cycled off the board at the end of December.

New Senior Investment Group elects Frances Aldrich Sevilla-Sacasa to board of directors

Frances Aldrich Sevilla-Sacasa, formerly CEO of Banco Itau International in Miami, has been elected as an independent director to New York-based New Senior Investment Group’s board of directors.

Sevilla-Sacasa, a private investor, has experience in real estate, financial services and banking. She previously was an executive adviser to the dean and interim dean of the University of Miami School of Business. She also was president of US Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, at Bank of America Corp. after having held the position of president and CEO of US Trust Co. She also was president of the Latin American and Europe private banking divisions for the Citigroup Private Bank, where she also headed the global wealth structuring business.

Sevilla-Sacasa has experience serving on public and private company boards of directors. She served on the board of directors of Camden Property Trust, one of the largest publicly traded multifamily companies in the country structured as a real estate investment trust. She chairs its audit committee. She also serves on the board of directors of Callon Petroleum Co., an independent oil and natural gas company, as well as on its nominating and corporate governance and strategic planning and reserves committees. 

Sevilla-Sacasa also serves on the board of trustees and acts as chair of the nominating and corporate governance committee of the Delaware Funds by Macquarie, a complex of Securities and Exchange Commission-registered mutual funds. 

SmartLinx Solutions names Gregor Morela chief financial officer

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Gregor Morela

Gregor Morela has been named chief financial officer of SmartLinx Solutions, an Iselin, NJ-based provider of workforce management solutions.

Morela, based in Atlanta, joins SmartLinx from the software-as-a-service and digital ecommerce company 2Checkout, where he was CFO. He began his career in public accounting with PwC and has held various senior finance executive prepositions for public and private equity backed businesses in payments, software and technology, including an initial public offering for a $300 million software company.